Ivan H. “Ike” Long, 85, of Lake Wildwood died Friday, Nov. 15, in Grass Valley. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. His ashes will be interred in the veterans section of Monument Hill Memorial Park in Woodland.
Mr. Long was born May 25, 1917, in Detroit to Ivan H. and Florence (Green) Long. He retired in 1977 as a lieutenant colonel after 42 years of duty in the U.S. Army. He served in the South Pacific and in Europe at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and in Korea, where he landed at Inchon, was wounded, captured and escaped from the Chinese Communists. Among his medals are the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.
He was active in civic affairs and was past president of The Reserve Officers Association in Palo Alto, and was a member of the Alta Chapter of The Retired Officers Association of Marysville, the San Jose Host Lions Club, and the Elks Club in San Jose. He was also a member of the Lake Wildwood Fishing & Hunting Club.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Edna of Lake Wildwood; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Lisa of Sacramento and Warren and Antoinette of New Jersey; son, Ivan of New Jersey; grandchildren, Matthew, Stephen, Tobias, Melissa, Warren, Graham and Dustin; great-granddaughter, Callie; stepchildren and spouses, Marsha and Roy Garcia Hovey of Morgan Hill and David and Jennifer Parrott of Oakley; and step-grandchildren, Jill, Nicole, Robyn, Miranda and Logan. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marcia; and an infant brother.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of the donors choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.
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